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Chinoiserie by Dawn Jacobson: A Review

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Chinoiserie by Dawn Jacobson: A Review

 In my thirst for learning all things chinoiserie in interior decorating I came across Chinoiserie, by Dawn Jacobson. This work really is a true history book for chinoiserie and in merely eight chapters it entails its origins to its rise to prominence and how it spread all across Europe and even jumped the English channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Jacobson masterfully gives detail to the elements that chinoiserie overtook throughout Europe such as furniture, porcelain, wallpaper, textiles, gardening and architecture. She charts its impact on trade, consumerism, and the economy finishing with explaining how the diffusion of Orientalism impacts our present world in pop culture in ways...

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One Room Challenge - Imaginarium and Maximalist Delight

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One Room Challenge - Imaginarium and Maximalist Delight

Week 1 - The Plan I Week 2 - The Foundation I Week 3 - Walls & Floors I Week 4 - Versailles Door I Week 5 - Whimsical Forest I Week 6 - The Big Reveal This week is the big one. I’m so relieved to finally be here, standing with confidence and gratitude. It is done! Now, I invite you to come see for yourself… “Will you walk into my parlour, said a Spider to a Fly; 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy.” —Mary Howitt This room absolutely has my heart and soul poured into...

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Maximalist Tendancies

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Maximalist Tendancies

Maximalism is where it's at! This doesn’t mean I am opposed to the qualities of minimalism. Minimalism at its heart is calling for people to find freedom – freedom from ‘things.’ I whole heartedly believe in this; nothing should ever be so dear that we can’t part with it. While decluttering, a minimalist advocates, “does this item bring you joy? If the answer is ‘no’ then let it go.” Again, I agree!...but what if MANY things bring you joy? What if colour brings you joy? What if the story behind an item brings you joy?   Where minimalism introduces freedom in...

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